It isn’t often that sustainability and fashion are able to make peace with one another. Materials and labor are expensive ingredients that make up any garment, and finding the balance without losing your hat is a challenge not many have the conviction to take on. But in a world of fast fashion, we’re thankful for the champions of sustainable apparel, especially those that commend themselves with great ingenuity and genuine style.
Kathrine Zeren began making ties as a way to raise money for a volunteer voyage to Eastern Europe and South Africa. As a women’s fashion designer, taking a stab at men’s accessories seemed like a fun challenge, and was inspired by the fabrics and details common to menswear. Not long after her fundraising experiment, Kathrine was inspired by a swell of socially conscious entrepreneurs to take the plunge into making sustainable neckties and pocket squares full-time.
We are honored to share Kathrine’s work as well as her advice to small business owners on staying the course and defining your own success.